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Is Meditation the Secret to Pregnancy Stress Relief?

By Claire Gillespie
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
October 07, 2022

Pregnancy is usually an overall exciting time, but rare is the pregnant woman who doesn’t experience at least some stress during those nine long, life-changing months. Amid the excitement and anticipation, there are many changes and some uncertainty.

There’s a way to deal with your stress that’s all-natural, drug-free, relatively easy, super cheap, and best of all, effective. We’re referring to good old-fashioned meditation. Research suggests that meditating during pregnancy may help to lower stress levels, boost mood, and have a positive impact on the health of your newborn—all good reasons to give it a try.

Meditation: The Basics

Meditation is a way of quieting the brain to connect to the present moment. It may be done by using a technique such as mindfulness meditation or by simply focusing the mind on a particular activity, thought, or object.